What is a Food Policy Council?
A Food Policy Council (FPC) coordinates food system players in the food system within a given geographic/jurisdictional boundary. The food system is made up of growers, processors, distributors, retailers, consumers, and composters. Food Policy Councils range from municipal, county, regional, or state levels of governance. Put another way, “The central aim of most Food Policy Councils is to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve local or state food systems, spurring local economic development and making food systems more environmentally sustainable and socially just,” says Mark Winne, a community food activist who has been referred to as the ‘father of food policy work.’
Would you like to help improve our local food
The Spokane Food Policy Council invites you to
have a voice in plans to reduce food insecurity and improve our regional food
system. Your participation in our survey will raise awareness of food system
challenges and inform an action plan that encourages new opportunities for
economic development, jobs and improved health for all residents of Spokane
County. Your survey responses will be used to identify priorities for a
sustainable regional food system. Our survey is anonymous and will take about 10
minutes to complete. Please respond by August 26, 2020.
Thank you for helping the Spokane Food Policy
Council move forward with this important work. Your input is invaluable!
Take the Survey.
Because the Spokane Food Policy Council seeks a deeper understanding of the indigenous community whose home we share, with the assistance of Spokane Tribal member Melodi Wynne, who is a member of the Spokane Food Policy Council, we have developed a consumer survey that is adapted for Spokane’s indigenous community. You can take the survey for the indigenous community here.
To advance policies and initiatives that foster a resilient food system in the Spokane area; one that is healthy and equitable for its citizens, economy and environment.
A thriving community that values and cultivates a viable, inclusive, and prosperous food system.
- Nutrition? Or Is Food Medicine? July 31, 2019
- Enjoy food. That’s a policy I can get behind. April 8, 2019
- Spokane Food Policy Council’s Comment on the Farm Bill December 1, 2018
Purpose of Food Policy Councils
- Influence government food policies
- Coordinate food system stakeholders within a specified geography/jurisdiction
- Conduct food assessments/studies and prepare food plans
- Viable – Ensure Stewardship of natural resources while supporting a healthy food system
- Inclusive – Ensure all people are able to participate in the food system in a healthy, equitable and culturally relevant manner
- Prosperous – Ensure strong economic opportunities throughout the food system